Imaging Ethereal Worlds
Evening Presentation by Emily Cheng, Artist
Drinks Reception at 6:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm
Close at 8:00pm
“The beauty of the static nature of art is the space it offers us to muse and peruse.” – Emily Cheng
An artist of Chinese descent living in America, Emily Cheng is inspired by rich and varied sources ranging from Byzantine paintings to Taoist manuscripts - resulting in visually complex and layered compositions. Centered around such themes as the world, wholeness, fragile beauty, and celebration, Cheng will give an introduction to her visual vocabulary, a brief history of her paintings, and how, as an artist of the Chinese diaspora - Asian and the global culture have influenced her work. Having participated in a number of public art projects, Cheng will discuss the nature of community works, the considerations required when creating large scale site specific art, and how intimate and personal theories and observations get transformed into works for the public. Cheng will also share how her rich and meditative work has been recreated into a mosaic for the new Shau Kei Wan MTR station as part of the “art in mtr” initiative.
Emily Cheng received her BFA, in 1975 from Rhode Island School of Design. Her solo shows include Louis Vuitton in Kowloon, MOCA, Taipei, Hanart TZ Gallery, The Bronx Museum, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the Ayala Museum in Manila, and The Cincinnati Center of Contemporary Art, Ohio. She was included in the Guangzhou Triennial ’08, the National Academy of Arts Annual, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Sotheby’s in NY, Contrast Gallery, Shanghai. Timezone 8 published Emily Cheng, Chasing Clouds, A decade of studies. Cheng is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pollock Krasner Fellowship.